Loris Capirossi will be presented with an award from Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta to commemorate his scheduled 300th grand prix start on Sunday.

The three-time World Champion will receive the award in a special ceremony at the Losail International Circuit just before Saturday evening's front-row press conference, which will immediately follow the qualifying session.

There will also be a change to Capirossi's normal on-track identity for tomorrow's 22-lap Qatar GP - all will be revealed at a photo session in the Rizla Suzuki pit-box just before the race on Sunday evening.

Capirossi's amazing record stretches back to 1990 when he became the youngest-ever grand prix world champion - a record that still stands today.

In an amazing career spanning 21 years and three decades, the 37-year-old Italian has raced in 39.3% of all grand prix events ever staged since the start of the world championship series back in 1949.

Capirossi has finished in a point scoring position a record 245 times, raced at 41 different grand prix circuits and is one of two riders to have won on 125cc, 250cc and 500cc two-stroke, 990cc four-stroke and 800cc four-stroke machines - the other rider being Valentino Rossi.

Capirossi needs only one more top-three finish to reach 100 podium finishes.